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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe Invites Supporters to the Penokees | WI?>

As reported on Earth First! Newswire, and Indian Country News, “The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe tribe has opened a treaty harvest and educational camp on public lands in the Penokee Hills, near the site of the proposed worlds largest open pit iron mine, upstream from the Bad River Reservation.” Read More at,

Public Comment Period Open on Torch Lake Superfund site | MI?>

The Michigan Department of Community Health has released two Public Health Assessments for the Torch Lake Superfund site and surrounding areas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for public comment.

Public Comment Period Begins: April 22, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: June 24, 2013

MDCH Open House & meeting: May 15, 2013, 4:30pm | Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, 601 Calumet St., Lake Linden, MI

According to the MDCH press release, “The assessments focus on breathing air that has stampsand dust in it, and potential exposure to the chemicals in the stampsands at beaches and by eating fish from the area.”

MDCH will host a multi-agency open house May 15 with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, followed by a public meeting to discuss the reports. The meeting will take place at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School located at 601 Calumet St. in Lake Linden. An open house will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and the public meeting will start at 7 p.m.

MDCH also invites the public to provide comments on the Public Health Assessments. The assessments are online at under “Health Assessments and Related Documents.” Copies are also available at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School Library, and the Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton. Responses to all comments will be provided in the final version of the assessments.

To read the full press release visit,–%2c00.html

Public Comment Period Open for Northshore Mining Co. | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announces intent to major modify NPDES and SDS Permit for Northshore Mining Co. – Peter Mitchell Facility, Babbitt, Minnesota.
Public Comment Period Begins: May 9, 2013
Public Comment Period Ends: June 10, 2013
The principal activity at this facility is the open pit mining of taconite ore for processing into taconite pellets and is further described in the draft permit. According to the MPCA statement, “The purpose of this major permit modification is to address the replacement of the existing domestic wastewater treatment system. The company is proposing to replace its existing Imhoff tank and trickling filter domestic wastewater treatment systems with a lined three cell stabilization pond system. The domestic system treats domestic wastewater generated from the crusher buildings and does not include any wastewater from mining activities.”
For more information on how to submit your comments click here.
For more information on other MPCA notices visit,

Fundraiser to Support the Penokee Hills & Bad River?>

Friday, May 24, 2013, 6-10pm | Bad River Lodge & Casino Convention Center, Odanah, WI

Admission is $20. Food will be served at 6pm, with musical performances to follow at 7pm. Performers include the Red Cliff Hoop Dancers, Thistle & the Thorns, Skip Jones, Barbara With, and NAMMY winner Wade Fernandez, There will also be a silent auction and door prizes until 10pm.

A camp out at Copper Falls State Park will follow all weekend. Watch for updates at,

GTac to Answer Questions at Public Forum | UPDATE?>

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:00pm | Iron County Courthouse, Hurley, WI

The Iron County Board of Supervisors has voted to hold a special meeting at which officials of Gogebic Taconite will answer questions about the proposed Penokee Hills mine in a public meeting. Questions will only be allowed from county board members, not from the public. Questions should be submitted by the public to their representative. The questions will then be submitted to GTac so that “they can be prepared.” A decision about whether public comment will be allowed has not been decided. For more information visit,

Iron County signed an option lease with GTac that provides GTac with several hundred acres of land for approximately $28/acre. The company can transfer its interest to any foreign or domestic entity. It can return the land in any condition. The lessee can use any other county land to access its leased land. The lease cannot be exercised until the land is taken out of Managed Forest Crop Land status by Iron County. It is unlikely that GTac could begin its operation without the Iron County land because this is where the waste rock will be stored.

It’s very important to get a large showing at this meeting. Phone banking will happen at the Penokee Hills Education Project Office, Monday – Thursday from 4-7 pm. Contact Kaeleen Ringberg at, if you have questions.

Mining in the Penokee Hills Uncovered?>

Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5pm | The Burrow, 713 Washington St., Winona, MN

Frank Koehn will present information on the mine proposed for the Penokee Hills, located in the Bad River watershed. At risk are the homelands of the Bad River Ojibwe Nation, the Kakagon Sloughs, the largest wild rice beds on Lake Superior, sturgeon spawning habitat and multiple trout streams. The evening includes a potluck at 5pm, followed by the presentation at 6pm. For more information visit,

The Chippewa Treaty Rights & Boatlanding Witness Story?>

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6-8 PM | The Public House Tavern, 815 E. Locust St., Riverwest Milwaukee, WI

A dramatic re-telling of the late 1980s/early 1990s Chippewa spearfishing controversy and Boatlanding Witness in northern Wisconsin.  After the presentation, there will be a discussion and updates on the Bad River/Penokee Hills struggle, and an update on Chippewa spearing and cultural food-sovereignty today.

Presentation by Rick Whaley, Ben and Dona Yahola, Dave Denomie, James Mincey, the Bresette family and LdF (invited).

This event will include potluck food at 5:45 PM, with liquid refreshments for purchase at the bar.  Bring your own plate and eating utensils. ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT YOU MUST BE age 21 or older to attend.

Rick was an organizer for the Boatlanding Witness for Non-Violence and was co-author with Walt Bresette of, Walleye Warriors: The Chippewa Treaty Rights Story.

WI Public Radio Interview w/ Mike Wiggins, Jr.?>

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013, 5pm | Wisconsin Public Radio | 91.9, 89.1, 90.3 and 89.9 FM, 930 AM

WPR radio host Glen Moberg will interview two of Wisconsin’s top Native American leaders – Mike Wiggins, Jr. of the Bad River Chippewa and Mic Isham of GLIFWC. They will discuss culture, cooperation, economics, and concerns about mining, spear fishing and the wolf hunt. Tom Maulson of the Lac Du Flambeau Chippewa may call in. You can too: 1 800 780 9742.

Penokee Hills Education Project Open House?>

Friday, April 5, 2013, 5pm – 9pm | The Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin —Penokee Hills Education Project announces the Grand Opening of their new offices at 616 West Main Street, Ashland, Wisconsin.

The office will allow the organization to have a base of operations from which to continue providing accurate educational information to area residents on mining issues that impact the state, but particularly the Lake Superior region. Their mission is public education, networking, and grassroots organizing on the environmental, health, social, and economic issues of mining that disproportionately affect Native and rural populations.

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